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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Tue 31 Oct, 2023 9:43 am

Spotted this Koala a couple of days ago. Most likely a male but I was not able to confirm this as I couldn't see it's chest. It did have ear tags but I also couldn't see them clearly which makes an ID difficult.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby puredingo » Mon 13 Nov, 2023 6:46 am

Nearly ate this fat grub as he hung suspended at head height across the track. Unbelievable camouflage! No idea who or what he is?
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Mon 13 Nov, 2023 8:14 am

^ Possibly a Double-headed Hawk Moth (Coequosa triangularis).

Scroll down this page: https://southernforestlife.net/happenin ... th-musings
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby puredingo » Mon 13 Nov, 2023 8:21 am

Definitely the one, Michael. And I only watched silence of the lambs last night….creepy.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby keithj » Sun 03 Dec, 2023 2:55 pm

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Seen in Upper Blue Mtns.
Black Rock Skink ?
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby johnw » Mon 04 Dec, 2023 11:06 am

keithj wrote:Seen in Upper Blue Mtns.
Black Rock Skink ?

I reckon so Keith. I've seen those in the Blueys.
Remember a very curious one on the Ruined Castle years ago.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Neo » Mon 04 Dec, 2023 9:06 pm

Yep had lunch with one up ruined castle about 2018! Thought it was a little more brown in colour, will see if I still have a photo...
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby johnw » Mon 04 Dec, 2023 10:59 pm

Trawled through my photos and found him, back in 2004:
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Black Rock Skink on the Ruined Castle 2004, Blue Mountains NP via Katoomba NSW
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Nesting Time

Postby rcaffin » Wed 06 Dec, 2023 8:05 am

OK, cheating a little bit. This is on our farm.

Many many long years ago we planted a few tiny Blue Gum seedlings near our house. In hindsight it might have been better to have planted them further away, but no matter.
Anyhow, those little tube seedlings are now over 1 metre in diameter at the base. All very fine.

It is normal for Blue Gums to grow very tall, and to shed the lower branches when they get shaded out by the upper branches. Sometimes the branches are shed naturally, and sometimes they get broken off by storms and rain. In the latter case a scar can be left on the trunk. But the tree manages.

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So, this week we reached a sort of milestone. A scar attracted a couple of Pink Galahs.
My version of this is that the macho male is busy inside the trunk, digging out a hollow, while the female sits and waits nearby. Wood chips at the base of the tree.

Magpie babies: tick. Butcher Bird babies: tick. Barn Swallows (2 pairs): tick. Noisy Miner babies: tick. Now for Pink Galah babies.

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 29 Dec, 2023 11:32 am

This is a female koala I spotted a couple of days ago in Smiths Ck, Campbelltown. I think this one is called Millie. Hard to believe that there are over 20 Koalas in Smiths Ck.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Eremophila » Mon 01 Jan, 2024 6:50 pm

Insect spotted on the Mt Stapylton walking track several days ago. ID anyone?
It appeared to be clutching a bee.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 01 Jan, 2024 7:17 pm

First guess: a wasp of some sort.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Mon 01 Jan, 2024 7:20 pm

One foot in front of the other.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Neo » Mon 01 Jan, 2024 7:40 pm

Good choice Michael, definitely a fly type insect.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Eremophila » Mon 01 Jan, 2024 8:44 pm

Thank you Michael! It seems introduced bees are their preferred food.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Wed 03 Jan, 2024 12:54 pm

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 12 Jan, 2024 2:37 pm

The local foxes have been breeding and their numbers are up around the area. I've had scats in my backyard twice recently. Competition must be increasing as I have observed increased territory marking (lots of scats on trails).
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Fri 12 Jan, 2024 9:35 pm

An animated political discussion about blood-transference at Wirrawilla Carpark.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ofuros » Wed 31 Jan, 2024 4:08 pm

Morning training walks...
A little unusual for suburban Brissy, grey day, steady rainfall, disturbed an osprey hunting in a abandoned quarry lake.
This morning I nearly step on a very lively, skinny, olive green tree snake. :D
Mountain views are good for my soul...& getting to them is good for my waistline !
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Last » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 11:35 am

Wombat intimacy, near Waldheim
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby tassietramper » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 12:41 pm

Aww
And speaking of wombats and wildlife 'not quite seen'...

I was up on Cathedral Plateau on the weekend and my better half decided to pre-dig a hole for use the following morning.
Off she tramped into the bush [a suitable distance from camp and water] and returned with a PSA to our party 'if you find a lovely hole, it's mine! Use it and pay the consequences!'.

She returned from the next morning's ablutions to announce the hole had indeed been used, by a wombat!
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Sun 24 Mar, 2024 10:10 am

Ouroboros training fail.
Lake Cobbler Track - Alpine NP.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Huntsman247 » Mon 29 Apr, 2024 4:58 pm

Ettrema wilderness. First one I've seen in the wild. I've only ever seen one mention of a koala in this area by Rachel Grindlay on her blog about an Ettrema trip.

I'm curious, has anyone else spotted one in the Ettrema/Budawang areas? Image
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby yogibarnes » Mon 29 Apr, 2024 5:13 pm

There was known colony west of Tolwong. Where did you see this one?
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Huntsman247 » Mon 29 Apr, 2024 6:29 pm

Myall creek area. I'll have to keep an eye out next time I'm out near the station.
Have you seen them? Or how long ago did you hear about it?
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 29 Apr, 2024 7:27 pm

I am not 100% sure, but I think these are native stingless bees just coming out of their cells. A few days later they were just about all gone: flown away.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Moh » Mon 29 Apr, 2024 7:42 pm

Cunningham's Skink encountered half way up Turtle Rock - Girraween.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Moh » Mon 29 Apr, 2024 7:46 pm

rcaffin wrote:I am not 100% sure, but I think these are native stingless bees just coming out of their cells. A few days later they were just about all gone: flown away.
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Hi Roger. Looks too big to be a stingless bee, it looks more like a paper wasp to me. Possibly this one? https://ausemade.com.au/destinations/qu ... utionalis/
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 29 Apr, 2024 8:03 pm

Hi Moh

I thought they might be Tetragolula sp, but the nests shown in the last photo on the page you cited are far far more likely. Thank you.

Ain't the web wonderful?

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